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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Wish I'd had a teacher like you!

about 9 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here.

What a beauty!

about 9 hours ago
walker in Cookware

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Thanks. I went looking for wheat berries and rye flour in the bulk bins of Sprouts, just opened near me, but, no luck. I guess I'll have to go to WF. I want to get just enough for this recipe to see if I like how it turns out.

about 9 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

I was in Prague, Budapest and Vienna and could not get tap water with a meal. We're lucky that most places in USA provide complimentary tap water.

What are your favorite kitchen device for making dinner?

We have garbage disposals in San Francisco. You just cannot have a toy with your happy meal at McD's, have to pay for paper bags at stores, you can get fined if you don't sort your garbage .. they want you to sort veg waste into compost. I don't know that anyone has actually been fined for it.

I really like the best model of Insinkerator.

1 day ago
walker in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Big Yay for the Olives stuffed with almonds, from Tunisia. They are mild, not salty and I think I'm addicted to them. I'm afraid with so many olive choices these might be overlooked and discontinued.

Jan 27, 2015
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I got that book from the library and am looking at the recipe .. it says "whole wheat kernels" .. is that the same thing as wheat berries?

You soak it for an hour or two in 2 cups of boiling water, then drain .. do you have to try to drain all that water out?

Jan 27, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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Our week in NYC

I wonder how they do it; any ideas? Mine take about an hour in a regular oven.

Jan 23, 2015
walker in Manhattan

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Thank you very much, I really appreciate it. I really wanted your changes, I'm just not as advanced as you at the moment, don't yet make my own flour. Your cinnamon bun looks perfect, wish I had one fresh from the oven right now!

Thanks again.

Jan 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I was not planning to grind up wheat berries .. if I used AP flour, how much, please? Thank you.

Jan 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Query - Quick SF visit for the end of January, 2015

OK, I looked it up and it's 2.72 miles one way.

Ferry Bldg farmer's mkt is best when it opens, gets way too crowded later, long lines.

I'd do a quick Ferry Bldg, take a run up Mkt to Tartine, have pastries there, then walk back or take a cab or streetcar down Mkt back to your hotel.

Jan 22, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Query - Quick SF visit for the end of January, 2015

I donno, feels like more than 2 miles one way to me.

Jan 22, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Would it be too much trouble for you to post your recipe (with your changes)? I'd love to make it; been looking for a great cinnamon roll recipe.

Jan 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Great British Baking Show -- Desserts (spoilers)

Why don't they have AC for those poor contestants?

Jan 20, 2015
walker in Food Media & News

Has Reynolds Heavy Duty Foil Changed?

I'd be interested to know what your research reveals; I have enough in house for now but in the future need to know what to buy. No BJ here, only Costco, Smart & Final.

Jan 20, 2015
walker in Cookware

What's was this Tupperware designed for?

Did yours crack? I forgot to mention, I NEVER put mine in the dishwasher.

Jan 19, 2015
walker in Cookware

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

I use this everyday to make tea (mine looks different since I bought mine more than 20 years ago).

http://www.amazon.com/Russell-Hobbs-K...

I bought one for a friend and once her husband ruined it by putting it on the stove (not realizing it was electric) and another time a friend of hers did the same. She replaced each time.

I love my All-Clad roasting pan, after a little soak, it cleans up easily. I also love the glass measuring cups I got from Cook's catalog.

These half sheet pans are worth the extra $$, they don't warp:

http://www.amazon.com/Wear-Ever-Natur...

Jan 19, 2015
walker in Cookware

What's was this Tupperware designed for?

Yes, I too have this item. Did you know that Tupperware will replace (free!) any cracked lids/etc? Some of my older lids have cracked. You probably won't be able to get same color .. they no longer make the white lids. Just call a Tupperware rep about it. I love the really BIG bowls with lids for mixing up cole slaw, etc. for big gatherings. Whatsa bowl I think it's called.

Jan 19, 2015
walker in Cookware

Cinnamon Yeast Rolls

Do you have a favorite recipe?

The only yeast rolls I've made are Smitten Kitchen's Cranberry Buns and they came out perfectly.

Jan 18, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Do you sift the flour before or after measuring? Thanks.

Jan 17, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Food Enclaves in the Richmond and Sunset [San Francisco]

Hong Kong Lounge II Geary/Parker is great. Dim Sum at lunch, dinner has dinner menu. Best I've had in the Avenues.

http://www.hongkonglounge2.com/

Jan 17, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What is Caster Sugar?

I was given 2 antique wooden boxes with grater on top and was told they were used for grating blocks of sugar; first I'd ever heard of such a thing.

Jan 17, 2015
walker in General Topics

Ever make tamales? I would really appreciate some insight.

This is a cookbook I got to help me make tamales:

http://www.amazon.com/Tamales-101-Beg...

I used unsalted butter instead of lard. I made some with artichoke hearts, goat cheese, roasted tomatillo/poblano sauce. Soak the corn husks overnight. Easier if you make sauce(s) one day, finish the job next day.

I bought a tamale steamer pot just like this one: (I bought mine in a Mexican grocery store in San Francisco.

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http://www.amazon.com/Granite-Ware-67...

Jan 17, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I get that spinach salad all the time but if I don't it eat that day or day after, I get slimy leaves and have to throw away a lot of the spinach .. I always add more lettuce, anyway. (And, I really check the date before I buy.) I toss the dressing because I prefer just olive oil/vinegar.

Jan 17, 2015
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Is this the rstuart cranberry sour cream pound cake? (I can't find the recipe. Help.)

Jan 17, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

prune cookbook

Yea, I think she said the core of cauliflower, too. That's a treat? I never knew. People who can pay $45 + tax for this book must be really well off. I remembered reading about the "stains" on the pages; they are subtle so in a few years, people who check out the book from the library might think people cooked from the book and made all those stains.

Jan 17, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Tips for Making and Shaping Burger/Sandwich Buns

What recipe did you choose?

Jan 16, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

prune cookbook

I got this from the library and browsed through it; it's definitely not a book I would buy.

I see her as a perfectionist, which probably helped get her where she is today.

Two questions: What's vegetable "wax"? Also, in bar food, she has a dish of radishes, leaving the tail on. Why? Do people eat the stringy tail?

She specifies Ruby sardines from Morocco; I can't find these, Amazon is out of stock. Any ideas?

Jan 16, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

The one I tried was all red, too and juicy and not sour. It made a red streak on my white dish towel; hope it comes off in the wash!

Jan 16, 2015
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

I only had it in NYC when I was visiting there 2 years ago; I haven't found any in San Francisco so the TJ one is excellent for the price. There's a recipe for it in the cookbook Jerusalem but I haven't tried to make it yet.

Someone before (maybe here on CH) said to order it from Green's in NYC. Their number is: (646) 801-8460. I haven't tried doing that .. if you want to treat yourself, worth a splurge.

Jan 15, 2015
walker in Chains
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